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  • 1. Bring It Home! Heb 13: Vs.1 Let brotherly love continue: What does this statement suggest? Heb 1:1-6 say >Love started Christ earthly mission. Throughout his: Birth / Life / Death / & Resurrection. >Suggests: through the blood of Christ mankind are related. Gen 5:1-2 >>Black, white, Indian, oriental & coloured, you are one family. Galatians 3:28...There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- >Suggests: Love in Action is the undercurrent of the Gospel: Inactions or Discord James 1:22 [Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.] >>>>Woman with the issue of blood! -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Suggests: Church family ought to seek the lost sheep at the top of the mountain as well as those in the midst of the multitude. Matthew 10:6, “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” ? If you won’t seek brothers whom you know, what makes you think you’ll seek strangers whom you don’t know? Vs.2...Do not forget to entertain strangers, for some have unwittingly entertained angels unaware. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vs.3 Visit Prisoners, speak up for those who are mistreated. Why? You are part of that body too. [Gangrenes infect you feet?] Isaiah 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ! Hospitality to strangers is a must: [Story: Levi/Priest & Robber] Samaritan  But I don’t know him/her very well? I just met him/her! ! You know...that’s taking a big risk! You know, my gut feeling tells me... ? Have you forgotten that Jesus had that gut feeling? Romans 5:6 Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:8 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” 1
  • 2. 13:4 The Bible says: Marriage is honourable: There’s a Difference between Marriage & a Wedding. Marriage is Holy Matrimony>Wedding is a Social Ceremony [John 2:1 Marriage in Cana] Gen 2:24, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”[Recruit>reproduce] People who live>>Alternative Lifestyle: Marriage is a Union between two people: Psalms 2:1, 2 says, “Earthly Kings and rulers are about to Rob God of his power by setting up and Taking counsel against him.” ! In the Godfather series the Boss must pronounce his blessings. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Marriage is not only [a holy intimacy] but also a spiritual intimacy: 1Corithians 7:6, 7, “But I speak this by permission, [and] not of commandment. 7:7 For I [Paul] would that all men were [single] even as I myself.” ! When your: Job, Spouse, house, profession, career, business, appetite, idea, self, or anything, you are not honourable. Ladies: When>stagger through the door with a man...you’re...honourable When>pass compliments to camouflage criticism...honourable Gentlemen: When>won’t work but can work, you’re...honourable When>live to pro-create but neglect to carry your weight Adults: When>trade in covenant love for condom love...honourable When> you’re looking for someone to love you rather than someone you can’t do without [Jesus Christ] Teenagers/Kids: When>call Parental Correction an abuse...honourable. When>you’ll answer back and speak to your parents anyhow...honourable ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The latter part of 13:4 says, “Those who are not honourable join the list of two others already on God’s hit-list.” Hebrews 1:13: Jesus supplies your needs, not your greed. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Vs.7 Leaders who love God ought to speak God’s word, not their opinions: [teach man’s dogmas] Isaiah 58:13, “And shall honour him, nor speaking your own word” Too many Leaders have become SPIN DOCTORS. Gen 3:1, 4, 5 [Satan]>you shall not surely die. God is hiding something from you. Spin Doctors [people pleasers/God pleasers] [precedent/stand for principle] Mark 6:26 [King was influence by those who sat with him]>John the Baptist Leaders who love the brethren must be: Faithful not fearful: Warrior/ Wimp [Joshua, Moses not>like Eli] 2
  • 3. Leaders who love the brethren: Compassionate and not compromise: Jesus called>Pharisees: Open sepulchres & brood of vipers ! Pharisees were like paparazzi>recording snapshots of speech, movement -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 13:8 Leaders who love the brethren: Reflect the Original Masterpiece not a Carbon copy: [Phil 1:15-18] Why? Jesus does not change. 13:8 says=yesterday/today/forever  Spin doctors camouflage truth and conjure up lies [Satan] ! Jesus was not like Julian who lived like Julie>Morning>Evening/Night ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 13:9 Leaders who love the brethren: Discern deception:  [Jesus said to Judas: Make haste and do what you’ve come to do]  Paul said to Annanias Why have you sought to...the Holy Spirit? Matthew 24:25, 26, “Behold, if someone says to you, “Christ is in the desert; go not forth: behold, [he is] in the secret chambers; believe [it] not. Why? 13:9, “For it is good that the heart be established by grace.” 13:12. Jesus is the one who sanctifies you. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Christians who have brotherly love: L=listening when another is speaking O=overlooking petty faults and forgiving all failures V=valuing other people for who they are E=expressing love in a practical way -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When you compare Heb 13: 20 with ACTS 1:11, JESUS BRINGS HOME HIS FINAL MESSAGE before his benediction, both to his church of 12 disciples perched at the top of a mountain, and to us today: “A VERTICAL PERSPECTIVE KEEPS YOU FROM A HORIZONTAL PANIC” ! I will never feel at home in Montreal...because Montreal is not my home. Home is not here! It’s up there! Mansion/vacation/Paris/Health/Riches/Life Home! Eternity/infinity/longevity>think/read/pray/talk/plan to walk in it!  Wake up!  Get up!  Stand up!  Shake up!  Clean up!  Dress up!  Pack up! & Look up!  Why? Because you & I are going up! 3